Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Transactional Lawyering: The Most Intriguing Contract Provision

Teresa Wright was a well known and accomplished actor on stage, screen, and television. In 1942, in her early 20s, she signed a contract with MGM. Here’s the intriguing contract provision:

The aforementioned Teresa Wright shall not be required to pose for photographs in a bathing suit unless she is in the water. Neither may she be photographed running on the beach with her hair flying in the wind. Nor may she pose in any of the following situations: In shorts, playing with a cocker spaniel; digging in a garden; whipping up a meal; attired in firecrackers and holding skyrockets for the Fourth of July; looking insinuatingly at a turkey for Thanksgiving; wearing a bunny cap with long ears for Easter; twinkling on prop snow in a skiing outfit while a fan blows her scarf; assuming an athletic stance while pretending to hit something with a bow and arrow.[3]


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